The Dancer and the Dance: An Essay on Composers, Performers, and Integrity Rights

  • Mark L. Rudoff


The Copyright Act was recently amended to give clearer protection to an artist's "integrity right": that is, her right to have others leave her work intact. The author, a lawyer and a professional musician, examines the application of this right to musical compositions. This is a complex issue because the rights of two artists, the composer and the performer, must be balanced. Mr. Rudoff argues that integrity rights should and do apply to composers, and proposes guidelines for their enforcement.